Microsoft has launched the latest edition of its ultra-popular Gears of Wars series. Gears of War: Judgment is priced at Rs 2,999 and will be available in stores from tomorrow onwards.

Gears of Wars: Judgment has been developed exclusively for Microsoft Studios by Epic Games and People Can Fly. Microsoft calls the game “an adrenaline pumping prequel”, and this time around there’s a new protagonist: Damon Baird. The game also offers an expanded weapons arsenal, and there are more intense boss fights and enemies in the offing.

The game’s brand-new multiplayer experience, OverRun, is a new class-based competitive mode, which Microsoft says is unlike anything fans of the series have seen before. The company is even talking up the game's cooperative gameplay system on Xbox LIVE and as we said in our single player review of the game, that aspect of the game promises good things.

Will Gears of War: Judgement continue the wild success streak of the series?

Will Gears of War: Judgment continue the wild success streak of the series?

The story unveils through a series of flashbacks. It is played from the perspective of the Kilo Squad, led by tech-geek Damon Baird, as they battle ferocious new enemies with an expanded arsenal of weapons. As war rages around them, the entire Kilo Squad including the flamboyant Augustus “The Cole Train” Cole is put on trial. Gamers can experience first-hand the events that led to their court-martial as the events are recounted during the trial – how the Kilo Squad struggles to fight off the Locust horde, as they burst from the ground on Emergence Day, led by a terrifying new Locust Leader: General Karn.

The OverRun mode allows gamers to form five-player teams that take turns at pitting Locust and COG soldiers in a head-to-head battle. One can increase the difficulty level by declassifying critical information with the new Declassified Testimony system. By declassifying testimony within the course of the campaign, weapons and alternate scenarios will be unlocked and change the way enemies are fought against further along the course.

As one of the most popular franchises in Xbox history, more than 18 million Gear editions have been sold worldwide. And then there are New York Times-bestselling novels, collectibles, graphic novels and more.

Speaking at the launch of the blood and gore adventure, Anshu Mor, Business Group Lead – Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft India, said, “With Gears of War: Judgment, gamers get to find out what led to the events of the 'Gears' universe, Emergence Day and to delve deep into the personal stories of the new game lead: Damon Baird and the rest of the Kilo squad. In this story players fight to save the city of Halvo Bay from a terrifying new enemy, General Karn, in a campaign that captures the true essence of 'Gears' combat, and introduces a style of gameplay that’s faster and more action-packed.

Naturally, a Gears of War game is exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE.

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